Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


I received a post on this blog calling me a “troll.” And I have heard the same description after posting on some liberal websites and going back later to gauge the reaction. Perhaps I should explain to the offended and ignorant.
I do go to liberal websites because I think the problem is that liberals only read liberal blogs and vice versa with the conservatives. If we want solutions and discussion we need to branch out and understand the other point of view and not just dismiss it without understanding it.


Blogger The_Bos'un said...

You left a note at my weblog about the EU destroying Europe. I agree with you, 100 %. I believe in borders, language, and culture.

Tue May 16, 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I was in Europe this past summer, and although I was grateful that so many people in the 6 countries I visited spoke English, I was saddened by how these counties seem to be losing a lot of their culture. It was not because they were being Americanized, although I did see a McDonalds and Wal-Mart here and there and Ikea which technically is Swedish still seems American to me, instead it was because of a rampant immigration problem that was causing noticeable tensions in these countries. I was not in France, because I will not go there, but we all saw how the tensions there ended in rioting. I was warned that Neo-Nazis, or maybe just regular Nazis, are growing in strength in Germany too in reaction to their immigration policies. Of course Germany has a more than 10% unemployment rate, so there are a lot of young people there with nothing to do but I was still warned that I might run into them. Luckily I did not run into them or my only response would have been, 1 beer please and thank you (it’s all the German I know).

Tue May 16, 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

The whole name calling bit gets the messenger in the way of the message. Who wants to read something by someone using a perjorative term?... its both sophomoric and cynical. Lets just let our logic do the name calling. Conservatives are better than that.

Wed May 17, 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Dardin, you letting me be a conservative again?

Wed May 17, 01:29:00 AM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

Publius, the beauty of discourse and freedon is that we can agree and disagree, yet still hold the same core conservative values,... my statement was a notion, not a call for censorship. Troll away!!!

Wed May 17, 01:57:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Dardin, the more I troll though the more scared I get.

Wed May 17, 02:20:00 AM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

dont be scared of Trolling....,its ok... I just got called a Troll by Quakerdave in Blue Gal's blog... I thought "oh my God, i've arrived".....

Wed May 17, 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

No, the more I troll the more scared I get because I am starting to see into the Unknown. I honestly believe my beliefs are based on reason and limited emotion which makes me typically be very staunch in my beliefs. What scares me is I see what and how other people think and it is so far from my own beliefs that it is almost incomprehensible to me who this people could be and what they are thinking.

Thu May 18, 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

"What scares me is I see what and how other people think and it is so far from my own beliefs that it is almost incomprehensible to me who this people could be and what they are thinking."

Now you know how I feel when I visit conservative blogs! More often than not, I find more phobia (gays, Mexicans, liberals, you fill-in-the-blank) than intelligent discourse.

"I believe in borders, language, and culture."

I'm afraid to decipher that. So, what "culture" are you promoting here? Seeing that America is a mix of culture from Europe, which country are we picking? Does this "borders, language, and culture" theme also apply to countries that are radically different from the United States? Or do you accept the neo-conservative philosophy that every country should be like the United States?

Thu May 18, 02:50:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sarah, I am sure if you believed the opposite of someone than reading what they “felt” would seem like they were telling you the sky is orange. But, I do truly believe that my beliefs are rational, well thought-out, and based on facts and logic. Perhaps because of time or laziness I don’t explain all my thoughts fully, but should you feel something I say is so out in left field, I will offer something that I have seen few others will, I will explain my point or logic to the best of my ability probably not to where you will agree, but I hope to where you will at least understand.

And, the bos’un’s post was about the EU. Now, I can’t speak for him on his words, but to an extent I agree with him including the caveat that I in some ways more countries should be like the U.S. Now, I don’t mean Americanization. I don’t want Italy to become known for Happy Meals or to go to Japan and everyone be named Steve and Sarah. But, I do believe in the democratic form of government, not because it is perfect but because I believe it is better than every other form of government for one tremendously important reason, typically democracies don’t war with democracies. There are of course exceptions to this rule, but all rules have exceptions, but this is still the I before E rule.
Now, are all democracies equal? No, Russia does not have the same democracy as say England or Israel and Brazil, but naive as it is I think people live better off in a Democracy than any other for of government, with the possible exception of a Dictatorship only if I were the Dictator. That was a joke, my Napoleonic side coming though, but I do believe in American Democracy even more than say England’s parliamentary democracy, but in either case, those who live in Democracies live better lives than those who live in a Dictatorship, Totalitarian government, or under Communist rule. Elections don’t make people free, remember Saddam was elected, but real democracy makes people free.

Thu May 18, 11:00:00 PM  

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